The Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai, has charged men and officers of the Nigerian Army to do everything possible to create the enabling environment required for the peaceful conduct of the coming general election.
This, he said, could be achieved through being apolitical, steadfast and proactive in the discharge of their responsibilities among other things.
Buratai made the call on the occasion of the West African Social Activities, WASA, of the 1 Division, Nigerian Army, to end Year 2018.
His words: “As you commence the Year 2019 activities, let me remind you of the enormous tasks before you and the need for you to be more focused and determined to confront the emerging challenges. I implore you to put all hands on deck to create an enabling environment for the smooth conduct of the 2019 General Elections.
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“Therefore, you are to remain apolitical, steadfast and proactive in the discharge of your responsibilities. I enjoin you to remain dedicated in your service to the nation during the elections and subsequent operations in line with my vision which is ‘to have a professionally responsive Nigerian Army in the discharge of its constitutional roles’.”
Buratai also praised the division for the efforts of its men in combating the problems of kidnapping, cattle rustling, armed banditry and others.
According to him, their activities had brought about remarkable improvement of the security situation in the area of operations.
“I must commend your effort in forging synergy and collaboration with other security agencies in ensuring peace within your area of operations especially your swift intervention during the recent crisis in Kaduna State.
“The gallantry displayed by your troops on Op WHIRL PUNCH is highly appreciated. Similarly, the commitment of your troops in the on-going Ex EGWU EKE III within your area of operations is also commendable,” he said.
Buratai praised President Muhammadu Buhari for his support and motivation to the Nigerian Army.
He also praised the government and people of Kaduna State for their support for 1 Division towards security which “is no doubt a worthy effort for our collective national interest.”
He gave the assurance of his support for the welfare of officers and men of 1 Division and their families.
“I wish to congratulate you once again for your achievements and urge you to remain loyal and committed in your quest to ensuring the unity and peace in 1 Division area of operations and Nigeria as a whole,” he said.